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Does My Daughter Need a Gynecologist?


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One of the most commonly asked questions by parents is whether their daughter should see a gynecologist or a pediatrician when they start their periods. The answer is an easy one: according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, young girls should continue to see their pediatrician, even after the onset of menstruation.

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The Problem with Sex Education in Schools


The problem with sex ed in public schools

In recent years, there have been many cutbacks within school systems that have completely obliterated sex education and personal awareness classes for girls.

These classes, often approached with rolling eyes and embarrassed giggles from girls, were extremely important, fundamental really – in educating young girls about the ABC’s of puberty – from bras to periods and everything in between. Additionally, there are thousands of girls being home schooled, or taking classes online – which completely removes them from the typical Sex Ed curriculum AND the opportunity to learn about these ‘life lessons’ from inside the bathroom stalls at school.

Sadly, the absence of educational programs means that there are a lot of girls that are left in the dark about puberty. And likely, a lot of parents that don’t realize their daughters are in the dark. One of the worst things that can happen to a young girl is to start menstruation without being prepared, or for her to feel abnormal because her pubescent journey is different from other girls she knows.

With the onset of puberty, occurring earlier than ever, it is a parental responsibility to make sure that the girls in your life are prepared. And ready. And clear on the straight facts about puberty. Misinformation is just as bad as no information.


The problem with sex ed in public schools

Be Prepared Period is here for you. We realize this foundational educational program is virtually non-existent (or occurs too late for many girls that start puberty at a younger age). Because of this, we have striven to provide a platform for both adults and girls, in which they can get the most accurate information about puberty quickly and easily. (And discreetly.) We not only offer first period kits and monthly supplies subscriptions – but we also provide caregivers and girls comprehensive, compassionate and accurate guides that provide the straight facts about periods and puberty.

Be Prepared Period’s site was created to inform, educate, and remind parents and children that periods are a completely normal and natural part of life and growing up.
We even give females of all ages the opportunity to share their stories about puberty with the hopes that all of us will realize we have more in common than we think.

Be Prepared Period encompasses the needs of all types of families from all social backgrounds and strives to empower and equip parents and children to communicate about this exciting time in life and accept it with open arms.

It is extremely important that young girls are privy to information about puberty and periods in particular. Parents and guardians cannot rely on school systems to inform children about the ABC’s of puberty. The truth is that it is never too early to start talking about puberty with your daughter and you should start now. An easy icebreaker is the Be Prepared First Period Kit.

The Be Prepared Period site is prepared to act as a fully functional educational guide for parents and girls so that they will always BE PREPARED.



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Help! My Teen Daughter Won’t Talk to Me About Her Period


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We recently received a great question from a parent. Her question is so relatable, that we wanted to share it here! It’s something every parent has felt in one way or another.

Here was her message to us:

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10 Things We Wish Guys Knew


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To the guys in my life: I think you should know …

Times have seriously changed. While women have made great strides toward equal rights, there are still a few things that are still misunderstood about women. In keeping with our theme of the month, it’s time to set the record straight for gals of all ages. To the gents in our lives, don’t stress if you don’t totally understand – the key here is to respect our differences. But if you’re a brother, dad, boyfriend or friend and you’ve made it this far, we applaud you for giving it your best effort. Here’s 10 things we wish you knew.

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Invite Dad to the Conversation


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When a young girl prepares to start her period, there are many common misconceptions that may bring about discomfort or stress. Today, we’re here to debunk one of those common myths: that dads are somehow not equipped or shouldn’t be involved in the development of their daughters. We’re here to tell you that this just isn’t the case! And better yet, when a father is truly invested in this stage of his daughter’s life – both sides will benefit. But listen up, dads: if you wait for the moment that your daughter approaches you about the subject, you may be waiting a long time. It’s important that dads realize the role they will play in this stage of their daughter’s lives, and how to approach this time with honesty, love, and support.

When a dad openly communicates with his daughter about her period, he’s doing more than having a conversation. He’s telling her that what’s happening to her body is nothing to be ashamed of, and it’s just one more stage in her development that is totally normal. This type of message is so important, and hearing it from her dad will make a huge difference. For far too long, girls and women have been told that periods are something to hide or be embarrassed by.

So, dad, if you’re still feeling a little nervous to approach the subject, that’s okay. Just know that whatever stress you’re feeling is most likely amplified in your daughter’s mind, and you have the power to alleviate that stress. That’s a pretty worthy cause, right? Put in the effort and the time to get educated and prepared; she’s worth it. Below, we’re sharing some of our best tips to do just that:

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Monthly Mission: Dads & Daughters


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Dads can teach us how to tie our shoes, ride a bike, and drive a car. If we’re lucky, our fathers play an important role in many of the milestones of our lives, starting in childhood. But all too often, when it comes to menstrual health and development, a father’s place can become a little less clear.

There may be embarrassment, shame, or confusion on both sides – and this can lead to a breakdown in important communication between a daughter and the invaluable support that only her father can provide. As young girls begin to develop, they may start to pull away or naturally try to hide these changes from their dads. The truth is, a dad’s role in this stage is just as important as remembering to put on her helmet before he sends her off on her bike. When a father participates in this formative stage of his daughter’s life, instead of letting her mom handle it, this signifies to the daughter that he accepts her, and will love her as she grows and changes.

Because, listen up, dad: this is about way more than momentary discomfort. This is about arming your daughter with the confidence she needs to take on the world, knowing you’ve got her back. And that type of confidence? It only comes with massive amounts of open communication, love, and support.

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How to Insert a Tampon

How to insert a tampon

 

Looking for a disposable feminine hygiene option to help you stay on the go during your flow?

If you’ve been considering making the switch from pads to tampons, or are wondering how to talk an adolescent through the ins and outs of inner wear, we have some no-nonsense info to get you started. We’ve broken it down into helpful sections so that you can scroll right to the info you need the most! Click to continue reading… »



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#HealthyHygiene: Teacher Resources that Support Young Girls

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Whispers in the locker room, awkward conversations with family members, and commercials with veiled messages for strange-looking products. We all knew it was coming. Did we feel prepared?

According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the average American girl will get her first period before her thirteenth birthday[1], with ages as young as eight and nine becoming more and more common.

Only two generations ago, our grandmothers could anticipate this life event arriving while they were applying for their driver’s license, or writing final exams.

As the discussion grows over the causes of premature menarche, the question remains: how do we support young girls and women as their periods begin earlier and earlier? Click to continue reading… »



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How to Talk to Your Parent About Menstrual Cups

By Cathy Chapman

 

When it comes to talking to your parents about menstrual care options it definitely helps to know the facts. Menstrual cups are not a new concept – In fact, they have been around for about 150 years. However, still many people may not be familiar with the concept of them. Here are some tips for talking your parents (or anyone, really) about menstrual cups!

how to talk to your parent about menstrual cupsFirst of all, What IS the menstrual cup? (The quick and friendly version.)

Menstrual cups are reusable menstrual care protection. Worn internally like tampons, they differ in that they are designed to collect menstrual flow rather than absorb it. They are safe, easy to use, and a hygienic alternative to pads and tampons!

 

Now that we have that over with….
It helps to make a list of reasons why you’re interested in menstrual cups. Points to note could be…

• The average person spends about $48-84 per year on disposable menstrual products. Menstrual cups can be a one time cost that will last for years.

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Developing Daughters

Developing Daughters
Did you know that today, girls are hitting puberty at a younger age than ever before?

With the age of onset of puberty continuing to decline, many girls are starting this very confusing, hormonally charged phase of life extremely young. According to current research, 30% of girls will start puberty by the age of 8.

It is extremely important for parents to recognize these changes, even if they are subtle – and begin communicating regularly about puberty and menstruation. Even if they are not happening to YOUR daughter, there is a good chance they are happening to some of her elementary school classmates. The sooner you can begin the dialect, the easier the facts of life will be to understand for your daughter.

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